Jazz musician and conductor runs innovative business development and leadership courses
Dominic Alldis: Biography highlights
Dominic Alldis is a jazz musician and conductor who runs innovative business development and leadership courses using music as a metaphor.
As founder and CEO of Music & Management, Steinway Artist and RAM, Professor Dominic Alldis combines decades of experience as an international musician with 15 years of facilitating innovative learning experiences for business using the metaphor of music.
Dominic is a multi-talented and versatile musician and performer, equally at home conducting symphony orchestras, improvising at the piano with bands and teaching students in the world’s finest conservatories. He moves freely between contrasting musical worlds and combines a prestigious classical music heritage with extensive experience as a jazz band-leader and improviser.
As an artist exploring the synergy between different musical cultures, Dominic is uniquely placed to bring his insights to the contemporary business world, with its need to maintain the ‘classical’ values of excellence and teamwork, while fostering the ‘jazz’ values of adaptability, disruption and innovation.
As a keynote speaker, Dominic has worked with many of the world’s leading companies and business schools to create powerful musical experiences for executives. These events explore a range of key business concerns: leadership, collaboration, creativity and innovation, listening, decision-making, talent-management and the pursuit of excellence.
His thought-provoking and transformative presentations often feature live musicians, ranging from large symphony orchestras to more intimate string quartets and jazz bands, depending on the size and key themes of the event.
Watch Dominic in action
WPP Group PLC
You bring to life what leadership embodies, inspiring our leaders to stretch to their fullest potential. Your insights about collaboration and trust resonate powerfully with our leaders in the context of their teams and the business. In their words, 'transformative and empowering', elevating their sense of purpose and a shared responsibility for the work and for their teams. Simply magical...'
London Business School
'Profound insights into innovation through live performance and discussion. Furthermore, the jazz vision is dead right for today's business organisations... compelling, engaging and applicable to any creative business.'
'The interplay, the connection, the artistry of the musicians is an inspiring and unforgettable experience. Quite literally, Dominic, you are helping us transform leadership here at eBay.'
'Our audience was more than inspired, they were re-energized by your performance. You and your musicians had a terrific impact on our audience.'
'Wow, I and others were blown away by your performance. I can't thank you enough. You were the finale that pulled all the content from the day together into a moving, touching performance. So bravo, that's quite an accomplishment!.'
Siemens Industry Software Gmbh
'This was the motivational highlight at our European Consulting Conference this year. You successfully managed to use the symbolism of an orchestra to demonstrate how the role of a conductor and that of a team within a company are similar. Highly recommended...'
'Learning about leadership through music is one of the most creative learning experiences I have ever had. A beautiful, moving and educational experience.'
'The best learning experience they had ever had at Google or anywhere, period.'
Kimberly Clark Corporation
'Dominic's command of his profession rivals that of any senior business leader. His ability to connect key business principles like trust, respect and execution was brought to life through his Music and Management performance. Respectfully, one of the most unique and enjoyable keynote speaker presentations your team will ever witness and be sure to remember.'
'Thank you so much again for the session you ran for us, it went down fantastically well, as I knew it would.'
Dominic's speaking topics
Sit within a live orchestra, enjoy a performance and engage in an interactive discussion about leadership, collaboration, listening and trust.
Compare a classical and jazz approach to business and discuss how to balance strategic alignment with creative independence…
Dinner courses are interspersed with interludes providing insights into leadership, teamwork and innovation from the world of music…
Music and Culture Change
Hear how the metaphor of music can represent different cultural attitudes and perspectives, as well as facilitate communication and dialogue.
Jazz & Innovation
Understand how jazz musicians embrace change, take measured risks and improvise to create novel solutions to familiar problems.
Listen to a jazz band and discuss improvisation, creativity, adaptability, risk-taking and change within a fast-moving commercial world…
Listen to a piano performance and engage in an interactive discussion about communication, listening, artistry and dedication…
Enjoy a fun team-building activity that highlights the need for new skill acquisition, teamwork, negotiation, creativity and time-management…
The Conductor as Leader
Learn how a conductor or ‘maestro’ inspires, cajoles and motivates an orchestra to produce their best performances.
Jazz & Teamwork
Listen and observe a jazz band interacting as a highly-dynamic team, rotating leadership and building on each other’s ideas.
Hear a string quartet perform a classical masterpiece and discuss the coordination and precision needed for high-level performances…
Hear a conductor and jazz musician talk about leadership, teamwork and innovation using music as a metaphor for the world of business…
Music as a Metaphor for Business
Learn how the universal language can provide a different vocabulary for talking about corporate leadership, teamwork and innovation.
Collaboration & The Orchestra
Explore how orchestral musicians collaborate, blend and synchronise their individual voices to produce a harmonious result.
Use the metaphor of jazz to explore how to lead and inspire creative teams, build a culture of trust and respect, and facilitate rotational leadership.